(Original Caption) The oldest primitive form of democracy in which the people make their own laws and elect their authorities at open air assembles still exists in Switzerland, the oldest Republic of the world. Switzerland is a Federation of 22 independent cantons, each of which has its own Parliamentary bodies; in four of the cantons, the old system of public assemblies and voting is still in vogue. The first Sunday in May when the populace if the cantoons meet in the public square to cast their votes, the Governor of each cantoon conducts the public meeting, known as Landesgemeinde one of which is shown in session here.
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May 14th, 2020
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